Charlton Athletic Set To Sign Nigerian Teenage Goalkeeper, Samuel James
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After spending about three months having some developmental training sessions with Chalton Athletic of England, the championship side has decided to offer the Nigerian teenage goalkeeper, Samuel Friday James, a contract
James has shown tremendous agility and progress at the developmental training programme in the club on the field and during some test games played with some clubs in England and it became glaring to the technical crew and management of the club that a raw diamond has landed on the side of the London based club.
It was therefore not a surprise with the decision of Charlton Athletic to offer the young talented goalkeeper from Mavlon FC, a modest NLO club, a contract at just 17 years old.
Sporting Lagos, a club in the elite league of Nigeria will not forget in a hurry the sublime display of James in a friendly game that ended 3-3. The goalkeeping treasure denied Sporting Lagos some goalscoring opportunities that would have wrapped up the game in their favour.
Some European clubs have been monitoring James after his heroic performance with Mavlon FC at the Viareggio cup tournament that took place in Italy in March this year. Interestingly, it is Charlton Athletic that beat the rest to the signature of the ball- playing goalkeeper.
Fortune is already smiling at James since the first week he arrived the club. He only had few training sessions with the U-19 before the team upgrade him to the U-21 due to his performances.
Within a fortnight, he was given access to train with the senior team of Charlton Athletic and he has continued to show exceptional quality, hence the decision to seal a transfer deal between the England club and Mavlon Fc by offering a pre- professional contract to the goalkeeping jewel.